The recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has caused a lot of political tension in recent weeks. As a high school student with conservative views, I’ve found myself in the minority on the hot-button issue of guns.
In my school district in Loudoun County, Va., high school students were planning to participate in the National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14. At one of the schools, students passed around a flyer promoting the walkout to promote gun control. The bottom of the flyer read: “Positive Consequences will be put in place, there will be no punishments.”
While high schools all over the country will be staging walkouts next week, this author believes students should be punished if they participate, not praised, as such an action disrupts the learning environment.
I have been told by my school’s administration that students are not allowed to promote gun rights, so why are others allowed to promote gun control?
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) released an email stating: “The tragedy in Broward County, Florida . . . and other losses of life on school campuses across the nation over several years have driven increased interest in student-led civic engagement including school walkouts. Our goal in responding to walkout plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to focus on teaching and learning while maintaining student and staff safety. . . . While students have the right to freedom of expression, they do not have the right to disrupt instruction or create an unsafe environment”.
Many students disagreed with LCPS’ stance on the walkouts.
Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat who represents Virginia’s 33rd Senate district posted on Facebook:
LCPS policy states that “students may exercise their right to freedom of expression through speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and other lawful means provided such expression does not cause substantial disruption or is not otherwise lewd, obscene, or profane.”
The school district’s code is in place for safety, education, and suggests students to not be disruptive to the learning environment. Ms. Wexton, however, believes students should be able to walkout of school and protest for their cause.
When pro-gun rights advocates like myself found out about the walkouts, I decided to take action and emailed the school board about why students should not be allowed to participate. LCPS responded stating they would not be supporting the National School Walkout.
The walkout-promoting flyer at Rock Ridge High School read, “students will receive positive consequences and sports, attendance, or capstone will not be affected”.
There is a double standard within the Loundon County school district. Regardless of a student’s political views, they should be treated equally and receive the same consequences when they break the rules.
We need to get rid of the liberal-bias in secondary public schools and start allowing kids to develop their own political views without being attacked.
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